Regional rail service SNCF TER has partnered with software provider for rail and bus operators, Sqills, to use its platform created to serve rail passengers in the French regions.
The partnership will also include revenue management start-up Wiremind which will deliver the S3 Passenger, a commercial off-the-shelf rail and bus inventory and ticketing web-based platform.
SNCF said its goal is to differentiate its regional transportation offer and add self-service travel for long-distance TER trains and passengers traveling between urban destinations in France.
When integrated with Wiremind’s revenue management solution, the platform will provide services for operators such as the ability to handle transaction volumes, a short implementation time frame, self-servicing functions, integrated sales of ancillaries and more.
SNCF TER decided to partner with Sqills after a market survey proved the platforms ability to meet regional rail inventory, reservation and pricing needs.
Wouter Cassee, Sqills board member, said: “Sqills is ‘on track’ with the 2021 company goal to become the leading global SaaS software provider for long-distance reservation and distribution software, having already 22 newly contracted operators in 2019.
“Empowering the carriers with S3 Passenger by creating a business and technical standard in the long-distance rail and bus industry.
“We will relentlessly continue to develop more and better services for rail and bus passengers to grow the volume of public transport users and contribute to a better customer experience.”
Eric Steil, SNCF TER marketing and innovation director, added: “SNCF TER is engaged in a deep transformation of its value proposition for its customers and for the French Regions.
“Our partnership with Sqills and Wiremind will enhance innovation & digitalization to enable new high-level services for long-distance TER clients using our ‘Krono’ lines.”